Review by Andy
Brewed with Pale Ale and Chocolate malt and First Gold hops, Broadside is a dark ruby red beer rich in fruitcake aromas, almonds and conserved fruit.
Brewed to commemorate the fierce Battle of Sole Bay fought against the Dutch Republic in 1672 off the Southwold coast, Broadside has enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame. It’s a fine heart-warming English beer, rich in flavours of malt and hops which enjoys a special place in many people’s hearts.
Broadside also comes in bottle and at 6.3% abv, bottled Broadside ‘Strong Original’ is our best selling bottled beer.
The beer in cask is a different recipe to the bottle version but both share the ruby red colour and rich fruitcake aromas. Bottled Broadside is the original version, as it says on the bottle, which we started brewing in 1972.
Bottled Broadside has won numerous awards over the years including a Gold medal at the 2009 International Beer Challenge.
And the bottle version is what I have here, a very healthy 6.3%, this is dark in colour with a fairly fruity taste, with plenty of flavour in there, I get the taste of the fruitcake promised.
My bottle is probably colder than recommended however this makes it very fresh and certainly not as heavy as you’d expect a beer of this strength to taste, not sure this tastes like a strong ale at all, the alcohol is hidden well in here.